Friday, May 18, 2012

3 Weeks!

With all the doctor appointments and my sister's wedding it feels like the month of May is flying by!  Before I know it, Baby O will be here!  Since I haven't posted a picture of myself lately here are a couple from the wedding last weekend.  Luckily, I was able to squeeze a maternity photo session in with my favorite photographer Nadean while I was in Asheville, NC for the wedding.  Nadean was my wedding photographer, and now my sister's wedding photographer.  So hopefully I will get to see the pictures very soon and share them!

Thankfully I still felt very good with great energy last weekend to fulfill my duties as matron of honor.  But now that I've been home for a week I think everything has caught up with me!  My hips have started to hurt (so I am now waddling, lol) and the swelling in my ankles seems to linger even if I keep them elevated.  So I'm starting to feel like it is almost time for her to arrive!

Before I left for the wedding I had an ultrasound to estimate Baby O's weight.  She was estimated at 5lbs 11 ounces, which is exactly where she needs to be according to my doctor since she will gain a 1/2 lb a week from now on.  According to my doctor I have managed my weight and her weight very well for having gestational diabetes.  Also, my work threw me a baby shower before I left.  I got a lot of necessities like diapers, wipes, outfits, socks, handmade booties, swaddle blankets, sea dreams soother for the crib, and some gift cards.  So thank you to everyone at work for such great gifts!

This week I had another doctor's appointment.  It feels like all I do now is go to doctor's appointments!  It's a big change since I'm used to only going once a year.  So at this last appointment, I gained a couple of pounds, my blood pressure was a little high-but I was a little stressed from work since I went during my break at work- and I have not started to dilate yet.  In addition to my weekly appointment I have to start doing non stress tests starting next week.  I have to go once a week until she is born.  The doctor explained that the test is a fetal monitoring test where I sit for 20-30 minutes with a monitor over my belly in order to monitor her heart rate , movement, and the placenta. Even though everything seems normal and on track with Baby O, I am considered higher risk due to having gestational diabetes, so the doctor wants to me to do these tests just as a precaution.  Today I met with the dietician to go over my blood sugars and my diet while breast feeding.  Thankfully I won't have to watch my carbs after the diabetes goes away, but I still need to eat small frequent meals.  I think it may be difficult to go back to the way I was eating before being diagnosed with gestational diabetes because I am more aware of what I eat now, and I've learned so much about how to eat smarter and healthier.

This weekend I plan to finish shopping for all the baby supplies, put the car seat in the car, finish some thank you cards, and start packing my bags.  I still can't believe my pregnancy is almost over.  It's bittersweet because I'm excited to meet her, but I've really enjoyed my pregnancy so far.  I know there is a big change coming and I think I'm starting to feel ready for a new routine with her and starting our family.